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October 04, 2010


Frost? I'm not ready for 38 degrees yet. I guess we'll be seeing that soon, but right now it's just beautiful warm (but not too warm), and clear. The perfect Autumn day. It's actually chillier in my house than it is outside. I'd like to not have to turn on the furnace for as long as possible.

I don't know all the names of those peppers either, but I'm more familiar with the long Hungarian peppers...they all look wonderful. ~Joy

Yikes! Frost already! The little pumpkin-shaped pappers look like Scotch bonnet peppers to me, but I know NOTHING about this. I think they're quite hot, whatever the name. Good for you for producing such bounty! my garden, which included three or four pepper plants produced...tada...three or four peppers! Other folks hereabouts had a hard time growing things, too. not everyone, thanks be....the truck farmers do splendidly every year.

I was thinking Scotch Bonnet too, but those are really, really hot (live Habenaros), so am not sure you would have planted them. I'm leaning towards them being a cherry hot pepper.

The long yellow ones are most likely the Hungarian wax, the shorter ones (with the blueish/blackish streaks at the tip) aren't.

The red one (and maybe the yellow one) is probably the Hungarian hot pepper.

We haven't actually had frost yet, although the temps have been down below 32 on a couple of mornings. We had a heavy dew, but the land was warm enough that it didn't freeze. They are talking frost for Sunday morning.

Joy--You don't ever have to turn on the furnace...if you don't mind being cold. (I couldn't resist.)

Bogie--I think you have probably put good tags to the peppers, including the cherry pepper.

ME & Bogie--You forced me to get out my copy of The Whole Chile Pepper Book" by Dave DeWitt & Nancy Gerlach. According to them, 'Other names for the Habanero are "Scot's Bonnet" or "Scotch Bonnet," (commonly used in the English-speaking Caribbean islands such as Jamaica) and "Bahamian" or "Bahama Mama" in the Bahamas.'

Hmm, for some reason I thought the Scotch Bonnet and the Habanero were 2 distinctly different peppers - closely related, but different. Guess that is what I get for going by memory!

Bogie--You're certainly not the only one in the family who doesn't remember everything "just so". Besides, who knows what the sources from which you drew actually said. Our "experts" may not be in agreement!

Ta dum! This afternoon, I pulled all of our pepper plants. Who knew that I had planted them in their peat pots with their ID tags still firmly planted within them? The mystery peppers (and, here I give myself a dope slap for not remembering) are pimentos. I should have recognized the taste of the one that I had tried a few weeks ago. I cut four of them up to add taste to the Spanish rice that I made for dinner this evening. Unfortunately, with this cold, I could barely taste anything; but, now that I knew the peppers were pimentos, the one that I sampled definitely tasted like a pimento.
P.S. This comment being added via my new computer.

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